WHO says it will take several weeks to understand the new variant

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GENEVA: The World Health Organization said Friday that it would take “a few weeks” for researcher to understand the effect of the new Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529 discovered in South Africa.
“Researchers are working to understand more about the mutations and what they potentially mean for how transmissible or virulent this variant is,” WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told reporters when WHO experts began a virtual meeting to decide whether B.1.1.529 should be classified as a variant of interest or concern.

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